Keeper Fulton says set-pieces at both ends will be vital for Chesterfield

Oxford United vs Chesterfield - Ryan Fulton - Pic By James Williamson
Oxford United vs Chesterfield - Ryan Fulton - Pic By James Williamson

Goalkeeper Ryan Fulton says set-pieces will be vital at both ends of the pitch for Chesterfield, after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Shrewsbury.

The Spireites were undone by headed goals, both from corners and one of them late in the game.

In post-game discussions, the ability to defend set-pieces was highlighted, but Fulton says they can’t afford to focus on just one end of the pitch.

And he wasn’t pinning the disappointing defeat on the blustery conditions.

“As a team you need to defend set-pieces and do the same at the other end with scoring them, that will win and lose us matches so it’s something to work on in training.

“The wind played a part in the game, but we’ve got to do our job, me especially.

“You’ve go to keep your eye on the ball, keep focused.

“You can’t change the weather so it’s something you have to deal with.”

Fulton, brought in during the summer to take the place of the injured Tommy Lee, felt it was a game Chesterfield should have won.

“I think we were the better team, in the second half especially,” he said.

“We had plenty of chances but we needed to get on the will win end of them and be ruthless.”

The youngster is on a season-long loan from Premier League giants Liverpool.

Last season he was given experience of League Two with a spell at Portsmouth and has stepped up a division this term.

He admits it’s a learning curve.

“I’m still learning lots, it’s a different league, different players and different styles,” he said.

“Matt Duke’s taught me a lot, he’s been a round the game and he has his own way of doing things in training.

He helps me a lot - now the main thing is to keep the ball out of the net and however you do that, it doesn’t really matter.

“I’m still learning plenty.”